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  • Blog Post: Verifying the Security of Cloud Services for Australian Government

    James Kavanagh, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Australia The Australian Attorney Generals Department has released a revised framework for assessing compliance and risk for cloud services . Microsoft welcomes this forward-looking guidance that describes a streamlined decision-making process while...
  • Blog Post: GovHack 2013 – A national approach for inspiring government

    Microsoft is excited to be sponsoring the GovHack 2013. GovHack 2013 has gone from big to bigger with a national event this year. From May 31 to June 2 2013, 8 locations in Australia will come together with over 400 participants and 150 teams to play with government data and create unique solutions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes Social Networking Protocol

    Microsoft today welcomed the Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling announced by the Prime Minister which calls on major technology companies to work co-operatively with Government, law enforcement agencies and the community to help address the issue of online bullying. “Technology...
  • Blog Post: Helping to Save the Great Barrier Reef with Cloud Computing

    Microsoft is contributing software, services and technical expertise to address the needs of citizen science on the Great Barrier Reef, an important milestone in bringing the power of technology to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef. In Townsville, Queensland, Microsoft is joining...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Government Webinar Schedule - Windows 8, Windows Server, Office 2013 & Lync

    The Microsoft Government Webinar Series is now live! We will be hosting a monthly webinar where you can get the latest information on the hottest topics in the Government and Public Sector space. You can register or request copies of the recordings by email to Cooper Wearne at t-cwear@microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Accessibility Training Sessions for the Australian Government

    Microsoft will be running two training sessions in Canberra on optimising the accessibility of Microsoft Office documents. These sessions will primarily focus on Word, however PowerPoint and Excel will also be covered. The sessions have been designed specifically for Australian Public Service (APS) personnel...
  • Blog Post: The Big Picture Experience

    Microsoft will host its inaugural The Big Picture Experience Event at the Melbourne and Sydney Convention Centre’s at which all technology enthusiasts, from large to small businesses, can explore what is possible with technology today. This large-scale event allows partners and customers to experience...
  • Blog Post: Improving Queensland government service delivery

    Better connecting citizens to government was the main focus when Simon Finn , Queensland Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology led a delegation of Queensland MP’s to Microsoft’s Sydney office this month. The delegation included Barbara...
  • Blog Post: Cyber safety online survey for young Australians

    The Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety is conducting an online survey of Australian youth aged 5-18 years to gain insight into their experiences online. Microsoft Australia supports the survey to ensure the Committee is able to attain important information to the online habits of young Australians...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Welcomes Federal Commitment to Value for Money Procurement

    The release (on January 27) by the Federal Special Minister of State, the Honourable Gary Gray, MP of a revised Federal Government policy on open source software has been welcomed by Microsoft Australia. Approved by the Minister and the Secretaries' ICT Governance Board in December the policy's requirement...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft response to AGIMO Cloud Computing Consultation Paper

    Early in January the Federal Government released a Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper - Opportunities and applicability for use by the Australian Government . Microsoft has provided a response to the Draft Consultation Paper which can be found here and a copy of the submission is attached below...
  • Blog Post: Queensland companies showcase Microsoft Surface

    Microsoft Gold Partners have developed Surface applications to benefit the Queensland Government and improve Government to citizen interactions. Spotlight 2010: Microsoft Surface is a competition for local Microsoft Gold Partners to develop the best solution that takes advantage of the innovative...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft backs Gov 2.0 with $1 million

    In June 2009 when the Federal Government announced the establishment of a Government 2.0 Taskforce , Microsoft agreed to make available up to $2.45 million for a Project Fund , to fund projects connected with the Taskforce's work. This funding was provided under an Operational Agreement between Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Driving down software piracy – why should governments care?

    Guest blog from Business Software Alliance Australia has one of the world’s most comprehensive legislative regimes for the protection of intellectual property, including software. Now it’s time for Australian governments to focus on enforcement. The latest report on the state of global...
  • Blog Post: Perfect Storm for Health ICT

    With the capabilities of health ICT high on the political agenda as an integral part of the health reform process, Microsoft Australia is bringing its global expertise to the table. In an article originally published in the January 2010 issue of Hospital & Agedcare Magazine, Kate McDonald spoke to...
  • Blog Post: Government Leaks – the Concerns of Web 2.0

    For those interested in how Government policy can impact the lives of ordinary citizens this recent post from the Chair of the Government’s Web 2.0 taskforce is worth reflection. There is a significant temptation to believe that if governments at all levels just make available to the public domain the...
  • Blog Post: Access to Government Information – Time to Ask the Big Questions

    There are times when it may seem that a glacier moves faster than change in the public service. I declare an interest – I spent six years in the Federal Department of Finance in the late 80s and early 1990s at a time when ‘significant’ changes were made to the Federal Government’s budget processes. They...
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